Dovetail, Half-blind

Dovetail, Half-blind

Common dovetails, say on the corners of a chest, go all the way through the thickness of both pieces, so the joint is visible on both faces. When dovetailing drawers, however, to keep the face of the drawer intact, you cut the dovetails and their sockets shorter than the thickness of the front board. Thus the dovetails show only when you pull the drawer out.

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